Angry chefs bang saucepans in Parliament Square as businesses crippled by Covid

A crowd of demonstrators was filmed "making a racket" by banging pots and pans in Parliament Square this morning as chefs, waiters, waitresses, and pub landlords face more coronavirus restrictions.

Boris Johnson is introducing "Tier Two and Tier Three" restrictions to huge swathes of the UK which will limit how many people can gather at pubs, restaurants, and cafes.

Under Tier Two restrictions, which indicates "high" coronavirus infections in the area, people can longer socialise indoors with people not in their own household or "support bubbles".

In Tier Three, for "very high" infection levels, the rules are even tighter and people can't even gather outdoors, such as in a pub beer garden, with friends and family outside of their households.

Because this drastically reduces the number of customers they can seat at a time, many businesses are warning they could be forced to close for good.

Footage from the noisy protest shows a huge crowd of demonstrators clattering with pots and pans and jingling last orders bells.

Wearing face masks, the gathered crowd face Parliament and hold placards.

One sign, hitting out at 10pm pub curfew rules, reads: "If you think this is a crowd you should see the tube at 10:02pm."

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"Don’t bite the hand that feeds you," read another.

"BoJo we knead dough," jokes the desperate message a third placard.

Hospo Demo tweeted the footage with the caption: "We are here at Parliament Square making a racket to get the government to listen and support the #hospitality industry #HospoDemo #SaveHospitality."

It has since been watched more than 1,000 times.

Chef Tom Aikens told The Caterer: "Unless the government really helps us and turns it around, there are going to be no hotels or restaurants left in London"

Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is still on a standoff with Boris Johnson and refuses to move the restrictions in the city from Tier 2 up to Tier 3 until more income support is available for workers.

Huge parts of Yorkshire, including Leeds and Bradford, are expected to be put into Tier Three restrictions shortly.

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